Femcho*, helping girls learn and grow

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The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA) became the first high school to experience femcho*, an acronym for “feminine, energetic, mindful, cool, healthy and original.”
The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA) became the first high school to experience femcho*, an acronym for “feminine, energetic, mindful, cool, healthy and original.”

Last month, The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA) became the first high school to experience femcho*, an acronym for “feminine, energetic, mindful, cool, healthy and original.” Over 200 freshman girls danced, worked out and talked about the importance of confidence and making healthy choices in a program designed to allow girls to express themselves.

Mary Louis alumna and program director for femcho*, Nicole Daley, thought the program fit in perfectly with Mary Louis’s mission for girls to be leaders and was welcomed back to the school with a team of femcho* facilitators. Tina de Lemps, founder; Hannah Miller, choreographer; and Amy Perkins, facilitator, brought energy and excitement to the freshman class and encouraged girls to get moving and talk about overcoming the struggles of being a young woman today.

“We believe that the freshman class needs to adjust to high school and the topics that femcho* touches on — respect, self esteem — are the things that the students are working through,” said Sister Joan Killen, chair of the Guidance Department at TMLA.